Location: Kibbutz Dafna Upper Galilee Israel Phone: 04-6945011
The hotel has been newly refurbished. The review here is of the old guesthouse - we look forward to hearing about your visit to the new hotel!
August 2013: We headed to Ganei Daphna guest rooms on the kibbutz. There were 2 bedrooms and a small common area, kitchenette and bathroom, as well as lots of grass, BBQ area and tables/chairs outside. Nahal Dan runs through the kibbutz and there are places to get in for a very cold dip. There is also a pool (free access to guests) and a delicious breakfast every morning. On the kibbutz there is a Chalavi restaurant and Pizza truck with gourmet Pizza and Bazelet, a local Golan beer (all products are kosher, but they are open on shabat) as well as a Makolet to buy all of the basics. Monday: We hired bikes on the kibbutz (they have tandems, bikes with seats for babies, carts to pull kids) and followed their map to several points along the Nahal (took about 2.5 hours). In the afternoon, I took the kids to the fishing park next to Dagei Daphna. The entrance fee is ~40 shekel per person, and 20 NIS per fishing rod. You fish for trout, and you have to pay for what you catch (39 shekel a kilo including gutting and cleaning). We were there for an hour and caught 7 fish. The kids had a great time, but I think this was a very expensive activity. We also did some shoe shopping in the outlet store on the kibbutz, followed by dinner at Dagei Daphna. Highly highly highly recommend it (Sarah Kaye)
In the Upper Galilee, in a magical and relaxing atmosphere, clear and clean air, where the Dan river ran along the kibbutz, is located the Dafna Country Lodging in Kibbutz Dafna. The hotel has 56 guest rooms all with a fully equipped kitchenette in three wings, Family rooms and mini suites suitable for families and couples, the place serves as a point of departure for those interested in seeing nature reserves and water sources in the north. The hotel offers bicycles for the guests. On weekends there are creative workshops, creativity with natural materials, juggling and more.
Just back from a gorgeous break here. We took up 3 cabins for my family, my sister’s family and my parents – our part was called Zayit and we each had a parents room, a living area with 2 beds and another area with a bed. You could easily fit at least one more bed, or two if they let you, and they provided a cot. We had small fridge, microwave, kettle. Shower room was large and basic and the rooms were a decent size. Price very reasonable, especially as the rooms will in fact be updated imminently and the place will be closed for cabin stays soon. (They also have camping options although it must be right on the other side cos we didn’t see anyone) We really loved it and weren’t too bothered by the rooms. In the end it was clean (if you can cope with a few ants here and there) and well planned out so only 4 cabins share a large green space with bbqs so even though most rooms were occupied you didn’t feel it and couldn’t see many other people.
They had a great sized pool included (the Kibbutz pool) and there are freezing cold streams throughout the kibbutz as well as by the pool which really made it special and beautiful.
On the Kibbutz was a Chocolate museum and we called half an hour before and managed to get in for a sweet workshop (a bit expensive for what it was – making a chocolate and some choc truffles but so convenient and kids enjoyed!). You can also hire bikes I believe and there is fishing (but it didn’t look very exciting for us). On the phone they told me you couldn’t get any food there, so we didn’t and just bought a few bits from the Kibbutz shop and self catered.
They do have a lovely restaurant called Dagei Dafna which is Kosher and set in a beautiful garden. Not cheap but huge delicious portions (mainly fish and a few meat options) and the bonus that the kids had space to run around and streams to play in while we ate. Really enjoyed staying here and they said there are a few vacancies depending on the dates so I really recommend it if you are happy for a no frills but decent place to stay…especially as it’s location was superb.